Matrix TSA
Primary (3X4A)

QTS full time teaching apprenticeship

Accredited body
University of Derby
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020

About the course

This course is a primary teaching apprenticeship with QTS. This means that candidates will follow a primary qualification with and additional pathway of SEND. Upon completion trainees are presented with QTS.

Our course is unique in the fact that you will complete placements in both the primary and special sector. By doing so, we believe that you will become a much more well rounded practitioner that is employable in both sectors.

Our course runs in partnership with the University of Derby who are recognised as an outstanding HEI provider.

Link tutor visits, key assessment points and level 6 studies are required to be completed throughout the course of the year. All of these elements are designed to ensure trainees are aware of current pedagogical and theoretical approaches to learning.

In addition to the university lectures, trainees are provided with in school 'Hub' days that further deepen the knowledge of classroom pedagogy which are facilitated by current school practitioners in a range of areas.

Interview process

All candidates attend an interview morning at Swanwick School and Sports College.

During this process candidates are expected to facilitate a learning activity with a group of KS2 pupils. There is also an opportunity for candidates to be part of a group discussion around an educational topic.

Once both of these are complete, a formal interview is conducted with the Director of Matrix TSA, a Headteacher from within the alliance and the Head of Primary at SSSC.

How school placements work

Placements are conducted in contrasting key stages and sectors.

There are 3 placements in total. Placements 1 and 3 will be conducted at the candidates host school in their preferred key stage. Placement 2 is conducted at a partner school and will be in the candidates opposite key stage. For example, if your placements 1 and 3 were in KS1, then placement 2 would be in KS2 and vice versa.

On our course and SEND pathway you will be placed you in both primary and special schools working with pupils from 5-11. This approach enables candidates to become fully rounded primary educationalists who can be employed in both the primary and special sector.

As an alliance we have 11 schools that are based in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Where possible we aim to place our trainees in an outstanding school that is close by in order to reduce travel time and to ensure support is provided by experienced mentors and practitioners.


This is to be discussed with the host school.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



Degree 2.2 and above

GCSE English, Maths, Science

About the training provider

As a training provider we offer our trainees a diverse range of outstanding opportunities to help them become the best teacher they can be.

Our programme firmly believes that educators of pupils (SEND/Primary) should be highly skilled and adaptable to be able to provide an educational experience to all their pupils that makes a difference.

All trainees will have placements in both SEND and Primary. This is to ensure you are an all round practitioner who can enable learning in an ever increasingly changing classroom environment.

For those trainees who successfully complete our course, employment opportunities are available in both the SEND/Primary sectors.

All trainees are placed within outstanding schools with outstanding mentors. This ensures that all trainees are supported to reach their potential whilst being exposed to highly effective and innovative practice.

We place a large emphasis on trainee development and invest additional time to allow all trainees to access CPLD opportunities that improves awareness of educational theories and pedagogies which can be utilised in both the SEND and Primary sectors.

Our aim is to ensure all pupils receive the best education possible by enabling you to become the best teacher you can be.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Where possible we will provide support to trainees on an individual basis. If trainees require any support or access arrangements to our schools we endeavour to assist with this and create a bespoke level of support where required.

Contact details

Hayes Lane
DE55 1AR


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 2D2
  • Training programme code: 3X4A

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Location Vacancies Code
Main Site
Hayes Lane, Swanwick, Alfreton DE55 1AR
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